Robin van Persie likens Erik ten Hag to a PRIME MINISTER after enjoying a masterclass from the Man United boss on managing ‘not just a team but a whole club’… as he heaps praise on his fellow Dutchman for ‘opening the doors’ to his own coaching career
- Ten Hag ended United’s lengthy wait for a trophy in this year’s Carabao Cup final
- His side are also on course to secure a top-four finish in the Premier League
- Van Persie received some priceless advice from him at Carrington last month
Robin van Persie has compared Erik ten Hag to a Prime Minister after receiving a masterclass on the art of management from the Manchester United boss.
Ten Hag is nearing the end of his first year in charge of United, and it has been a successful one so far.
Last month he ended the club’s six-year wait for a trophy by seeing off Newcastle in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley, while they also remain in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.
United are also well on course to secure a top-four Premier League finish and the Champions League qualification that comes with it up in third place.
It is proving an impressive debut season for the Dutchman, who Van Persie has likened to a Prime Minister at Old Trafford.
Robin van Persie (R) has compared Erik ten Hag (L) to a Prime Minister at Manchester United
Ten Hag has enjoyed an impressive first season at United, winning the Carabao Cup last month
Van Persie says his fellow Dutchman’s responsibilities are similar to that of a Prime Minister after receiving a masterclass from him on how to manage ‘not just a team but a whole club’
The former United striker, who is now working as a coach at Feyenoord, returned to Carrington last month and was treated to some priceless advice from his compatriot in the process.
‘The first time [I met Erik] was a couple of weeks ago, when I was here for two days,’ Van Persie told United’s website. ‘That was the first time actually and the way how open he was towards me… he wants to share his knowledge and he wants to help a young coach.
‘I’m a young coach now. My playing days are gone and I don’t think about or dream about actions anymore. I think about tactics and systems and how I can put my team in the best possible way on a football pitch.
‘That’s how I think now and he gave me some new ideas.
‘I get new ideas everywhere and he was one of them who really opened the doors and I appreciate that.’
He continued: ‘With every exercise there’s a clear idea or a clear target to reach for every player.
‘He gave me a lot of good insight to work on, both in possession and when the opponent has the ball.
‘Also how to manage: not just a team but a whole club. It almost feels like a Prime Minister, the job he has. I always feel very welcome here at Manchester United and I like to see everyone is polite and everyone is happy to see you. That goes both ways.’
Van Persie visited Carrington last month and received some priceless advice from Ten Hag
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